Isla Santa Clara - Marine

Country/territory: Ecuador

IBA Criteria met: -
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Area: 558,357 ha

Aves y Conservacion

Site description
This Marine IBA is identified using both tracking data and seaward extensions around breeding colonies. It falls within the Ecuador Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and the Pacific, Southeast FAO ocean region. The site covers an area of 5584 km2 and borders the coastline. The depth ranges from 0 to 78 m, with a mean annual wind speed of 1.64 m/s and mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 22.13 and 24.31 °C.

Key biodiversity
5 species trigger IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. BirdLife analyses of tracking data estimates that 3366-8727 individuals of Waved Albatross (CR) from Isla Espanola are present at the site during the Incubation (Apr-Aug) life-history stage. 1200-2399 individuals of Parkinson's Petrel (VU) from Great Barrier Island/Aotea & Little Barrier Island/Hauturu are present at the site during the Non-breeding (May-Sep) life-history stage. Seaward extensions around breeding colony; Isla Santa Clara include key near-colony areas for breeding populations of Magnificent Frigatebird (LC) , Brown Pelican (LC) 2000-3200 individuals and Blue-footed Booby (LC).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Isla Santa Clara - Marine. Downloaded from on 05/12/2021.